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->'''Ted Kramer''': Margaret, I just need to know something. Did you put Joanna up to this?
->'''Margaret Phelps''': No, I did not put Joanna up to this.
->'''Ted Kramer''': Give her a little pep talk, maybe?
->'''Margaret Phelps''': Joanna is a very unhappy woman and it took a lot of courage to walk out this door.
->'''Ted Kramer''': How much courage does it take to walk out on your kid?

Adapted from the novel by Avery Corman, ''Kramer vs. Kramer'' follows the story of Ted Kramer (DustinHoffman). One day, his wife Joanna (MerylStreep) leaves him, forcing him to raise their son, Billy, alone. A year and a half pass before she finally returns to claim Billy; an emotional custody battle ensues. This was 1979's Oscar winner for Best Picture, and the film that earned Hoffman and Streep their first Oscars for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Best Director and Adapted Screenplay wins brought the total to five.
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'''This film features examples of:'''
* AdultFear: When Ted sees Billy fall from the jungle gym and hurt himself badly. After that scene, you'll understand how Ted is sprinting like a Olympic track star with Billy in his arms to the hospital. The fact that the kid needs stitches and Ted can only hold him as they are painfully sewn is equally painful for the audience too.
* AcademyAward: Five wins: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
* ADayInHerApron: More like at least a year and a half, but the trope still fits.
* YouFailLawForever: The book ''Reel Justice'' notes that Ted's fear of Billy upon on the stand is ridiculous, considering that in an Appeals Court trial with no new evidence, ''nobody'' testifies as a witness.
* JustFriends: Ted and Margaret.
* LeavingYouToFindMyself: The rationale Joanna gives Ted for leaving him at the start.
* MenCantKeepHouse: When Ted first tries to cook for Billy after Joanna leaves. Averted for the rest of the film.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: After coming home with Ted for a one-night stand, his coworker Phyllis encounters Billy in the hallway while nude, leading to her awkwardly introducing herself while employing [[HandOrObjectUnderwear Hand Underwear]].
* PrecisionFStrike: "Damn her!" It's only a mild one [[ItMakesSenseInContext out of context.]]
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Vivaldi's ''Concerto in C major for mandolin and strings'' appears over the opening credits, while several Henry Purcell pieces are employed through the rest of the film.
* StarMakingRole: For Streep.
* TakingTheKids
* ThrowItIn: The scene where Ted slaps the wine glass against the wall wasn't scripted. Joanna's reaction was really Meryl Streep surprised that he did that.
* ToiletSeatDivorce: The reason for Joanna's leaving boils down to this.
* VersusTitle
* VetinariJobSecurity
* {{Workaholic}}: Ted, or as he likes to call it, bringing home the bacon.

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